• Seven for Olivier on Kolpak debut

    Former Proteas fast bowler Duanne Olivier’s debut for Yorkshire in the County Championship Division One yielded seven wickets last week.

    Olivier took five for 96 in the first innings and two for 66 in the second as Yorkshire drew with Nottingham at Trent Bridge.

    The tall right-armer’s haul featured the dismissals of England Test duo Ben Duckett and Stuart Broad.

    ‘All throughout the match, we were inconsistent. We’ve shown good spells with the ball and then let them off the hook. We just haven’t built any pressure,’ said Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale during the fixture.

    ‘With the bat, we got a partnership together and then lost a wicket. We shouldn’t be rusty. There’s no excuse like that. We’ve had good preparation going into the season. We just haven’t got it right. That’s what it comes down to.

    ‘We had momentum with the bat, and there were periods where we were playing nicely and then would give it away. When you’re playing against good sides like Notts, you need to be on it all the time. They’ve shown that. They’ve been a lot more ruthless than us.’

    The 26-year-old Olivier rejected a Cricket South Africa offer in exchange for a career as a Kolpak player in the United Kingdom earlier this year. He took 48 wickets in 10 Tests before the decision.

    ‘I accept that my Test career is over for South Africa, but if I do well, hopefully in the future, I can play for England. You always need to put your mind to certain goals,’ Olivier was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

    ‘Maybe people will think it’s unrealistic, but for me, if I really do well, you never know. I can’t tell you what will happen in the future. All I can do, as of now, is control what I am doing this season and give 100% every game.’

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